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Kempe Cares for Kids – 2014 Annual Report

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Over the past year, Kempe has taken incredible strides to share our expertise and knowledge worldwide. Our work is having a positive impact on the lives of children and families.

We want to express our gratitude to the entire Kempe team for their wonderful support and work – for without their dedication and commitment, our efforts to end child abuse and neglect would not be possible.

We also want to say thank you to our partners for believing in us and for your support.

Lastly, we want to extend a special thank you to our funders, donors and supporters for your passionate commitment. Your support is vital in advancing Kempe’s work to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.

Highlights:

  • Treated 1,306 Children
  • Served 641 Parents and Caretakers
  • Trained 4,971 Child Welfare Professionals
  • Published 32 Research Papers
  • Raised awareness of how to calm a crying baby in partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado and Kohl’s Cares
  • Outreached in 48 Colorado Counties, 12 States and Washington D.C
  • Completed Global Work in Japan and Singapore
  • Bestowed with 12 honors and awards

We invite you to read the Kempe 2014 Annual Report in its entirety.

Posted by: By John Faught: President & CEO of The Kempe Foundation, and Dr. Runyan, The Kempe Center Executive Director

2015: A Year of Health

This year is shaping up to be a year of health for Kempe.

One of the greatest health factors today is the long-term health risks many child abuse and neglect victims face as adults. These health impacts are known as adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress and are defined when a child is subjected to stressful or traumatic experiences growing up. Many abused and neglected children are a greater likelihood of these health problems as adults:

  • Heart disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Early Paternity
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Lung Cancer

Kempe intends to take this foundational knowledge and advance the research and conversation around adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress this year by:

  • Applying for grant funding opportunities that enable us to create a collaborative movement to effectuate a game-changing paradigm shift
  • Traveling to Belgium and the Netherlands to examine how these countries ‘health-based’ child welfare systems differ from the U.S. ‘social-work’ child welfare system.
  • Exploring a public education campaign that informs people how child abuse and neglect impacts individuals long after the physical scars are gone.

In addition, we are continuing our vital work around clinical care, advocacy, research and education. We are continuing our important work:

  • Provide vital medical and behavioral health services to children and families
  • Share our knowledge with professionals and community’s throughout the world
  • Offer helpful tips to calm a crying baby through the Kohl’s Cares: Shaken Baby Prevention Campaign

We encourage to learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences and Toxic stress in 2015, and invite you to support our efforts of preventing and treating child abuse and neglect.

Posted by: By: John Faught, President & CEO, The Kempe Foundation